Working in Paediatric Audiology

A career in paediatric Audiology is a fantastic opportunity to combine a scientific approach with patient and family focused care.

Paediatric Audiology is a challenging and expanding field of clinical science and technology, involving the study of hearing. As a healthcare profession, audiology also involves assessment, management and habilitation / rehabilitation of children with hearing problems and associated disorders. This includes children of all ages from newborn to school leavers.

Fully trained audiologists have a substantial knowledge about hearing, acoustics and balance enabling them to solve technical problems and develop logical alternatives. In their rehabilitative role, audiologists prescribe hearings aids, evaluate and monitor the benefit a child obtains from hearing aids, provide auditory training, hearing tactics and counseling. This requires a good understanding of the effect of the hearing problem on the child’s daily life to provide appropriate information, support and counseling.

Many audiologists develop a special interest and expertise in one area such as those who choose to work in paediatric audiology. Experienced audiologists often have managerial responsibilities for local audiology services and supervision of training audiologists. Audiologists are part of a multi-disciplined team working alongside doctors, nurses, teachers of the deaf, speech and language therapists, social workers and others responsible for the care of a child. as well as administrative and clerical staff.

Qualities of a good Paediatric Audiologist

  • Ability to communicate well with children of all ages and their families
  • Good problem solving skills
  • A scientific educational background
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • A caring and understanding attitude
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Analytical skills

Last Reviewed: 28/03/2012